GCN Member News | February 25

From housing a collection of 400 puppets to hiring a former Olympian, GCN members continue to expand their people, honors, achievements and impact in the beginning of 2014.

People 

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has named Amy Dosik as its new CEO.

Linda Bolan has joined Southface as their new volunteer chair.

Cal Morgan is the new president of the Atlanta Humane Society.

Atlanta Track Club has named Rich Kenah as their new executive director. Kenah is a former U.S. Olympian runner and two-time World Championships bronze medalist. 

Odyssey has named Jeff Cohen as executive director.

 

Honors 

Atlanta BeltLine won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency award for Smart Growth Achievement. Seven projects across the nation were given the distinction for sustainable initiatives that protect health and the environment and promote economic development. The BeltLine's Eastside Trail, which begins near Piedmont Park toward Inman Park, and its Historic Fourth Ward Park, won in the EPA's "overall excellence" category. 

 

Achievements  

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta received $100,000 from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The grant will support work done by The Community Foundation in 2014 focusing on the need to help metro Atlanta area nonprofits providing assistance dedicated to HIV/AIDS service delivery. Overall, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta gave away $121 million in 2013, the largest total dollar amount for gifts in their 63-year history.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights received a $2 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, bringing their total raised to $80 million – enough money needed to complete construction, The Center will open May 22. 

The United States Tennis Association, USTA Serves, awarded a $5,000 grant to the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA. The grant will allow the YMCA to continue to expand the tennis component of its after-school enrichment program. 

 

Impact

Center for Puppetry Arts  reached their $14 million project goal for an expansion to add more museum space and host 400 puppets from Jim Henson's collection. The Center plans to break ground on the expansion in March and open in mid-2015.

Sustainable Atlanta selected Atlanta University Center, Lakewood Heights and the city of Lithonia to participate in its Greater Atlanta EcoDistrict initiative. Sustainable Atlanta will be providing the program participants guidance and expertise to increase their civic engagement and ability to work cohesively on community issues and sustainable projects. Sustainable Atlanta will track the progress of the EcoDistricts model in the three local areas to further adapt the program in the metro region.

Anita James is Communications Coordinator at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.  

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